|Mary Rose Shoes - via|
The best collection of in-tact Tudor footwear is from the Mary Rose, the famous wreckage of King Henry VIII's warship raised in 1982. The ship was originally built in 1510 and sank in 1545, taking with it a historical treasure trove (literally treasure, but of course I mean the artifacts of life as a 16th c. sailor!) of tankards, spoons, hammers, combs, ... and shoes.
|Mary Rose sailor's shoes|
In the upper classes, aristocracy, and royalty, we have the same shapes, but made in much more delicate materials - silk, velvet - and less "clunky."
|Henry VIII in "cow-mouthed" slippers slashed and with a slight spring heeled sole.|
|Henry's slippers are a lot like this incredible pair from the V&A - 1520s-1540s|
I'm studying up on Tudor shoes because the latest Exclusive, Cycle 5, is a pair of Tudor slippers. These:
|Recorded as French, 1500-1550, but construction and design is inconsistent with footwear of this period. MFA|
|MFA, recorded as French, 1500-1550|
That being said, the overall design is actually pretty correct. So for the Exclusive design, I've "retrofitted" them so that our version will be closer to an original example.
Fascinating stuff! Gotta love History's Mysteries, and when you get this far back in time, things start to get squiggy. All part of the fun. :-)